10 facts about blindness and visual impairment

Updated August 2014

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Visual impairment can limit people’s ability to perform everyday tasks and can affect their quality of life and ability to interact with the surrounding world.

Blindness, the most severe form of visual impairment, can reduce people’s ability to perform daily tasks, and move about unaided. Good quality rehabilitation allows people with different degrees of visual impairment to fully profit from life, achieve their goals and be active and productive in today’s society.

Most of the diseases and conditions causing visual impairment and blindness can be prevented or readily treated with known and cost-effective interventions.

This fact file highlights figures for blindness and visual impairment worldwide.

Read the 10 facts on visual impairment and blindness

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